Saturday, November 15, 2008

Gordon Brown is behaving like a small-town Tory

On Wednesday Gordon Brown accused David Cameron of being party political because he raised the Baby P case at prime minister's questions. Today, says the BBC:

Gordon Brown says he is disappointed by "partisan talk" after the shadow chancellor warned his actions could lead to sterling's collapse.
Brown has clearly convinced himself that he always acts in the national interest and that those who criticise him can only do so from base motives.

It is tempting to compare him to the dictator of some old East European state. But he reminds me more of the Conservatives I used to tangle with in local politics.

For decades their type had run the town with their own business interests firmly in mind, but if you ever questioned this they would look aghast and accuse you of being political.


Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more. Chris Huhne when he ran for leader was said by Susan Kramer to be the candidate best placed to "demolish the myth of Gordon Brown". We need Nick and Vince to prove they are up for this task as well. Brown is tribalistic and you can be assured he hates us as much as the Tories. He mustn't be allowed to restore his credibity and poll ratings by default.

dreamingspire said...

But their criticism is of poor quality, so they leave themselves wide open. Its necessary to study Brown from the mid 1990s (which will need a team effort) and then do two things: predict what he is going to do next and after that in the slow-burn Brown plan, and have better and better expressed LD policies. Those policies need to pre-empt Brown's long term programme, across the piece, of things that he really believes are in the national interest, and the presentation then ought to come naturally (if there can really be Huhne/Cable/Clegg collaboration, that is).